Mason jar ghost lantern

Mason Jar Ghost Lantern |

You guys, this is the third mason jar project I've done in the last few weeks! There are just so many fun things you can do with them, especially at the holidays, and I'm excited about sharing this totally adorable mason jar ghost lantern that's perfect for lighting up your Halloween decor! So cute, right?!  It's also a fast and easy project, which always ranks really high in my book. Think about lighting your walk or porch on Halloween night, or the nights leading up to Halloween. They would be darling in your windows so the whole world can see them, or even just in your own home on a mantel, shelf, or table.  If you're decorating for a Halloween party, they would be adorable … [Read more...]

Farmstyle wood fall signs + free Silhouette cut files

Farmstyle Fall Wood Signs |

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make! I wanted them to look more like barn wood--farmstyle--and using a stain then sanding the heck out of them helped me achieve that.  I used stencils I cut out using my Silhouette, and painted them on with white paint. They were an easy weekend project that was mostly drying time (you need to let stain dry for 24 … [Read more...]

Apple mason jar teacher gift

Apple Mason Jar Teacher Gift |

Today is our first day of school!  I feel like the summer went way too fast, and we just didn't have enough time to do all the things we wanted to do. twin boys are starting kindergarten, and I'm crying my eyes out. For reals. Their time at home goes so quickly--I'm never ready for it to be over.   I'm excited for them and their new adventures, but I have to admit, it's hard for me.  So bittersweet. Between my tears (I'm kind of joking), I'm going to share our teacher gifts that have been safely delivered to the school this morning. Our fun tradition teacher gift for the first of the year is to give an apple--in some form.  Some years it's been a caramel apple, and other years … [Read more...]

How to easily convert a PNG or JPG file into a Silhouette cut file

How to convert png and jpg files into Silhouette cut files |

Did you know you can take your own file--PNG, JPG, GIF--and convert it into a Silhouette cut file, so you can use it in a multitude of different projects? It's true!!  It really is very simple to do, and since I was just working on a project this week using this method, I thought I would share it with you! You're going to utilize the trace function, and if you've never used it before, it could very well become your new best friend after this tutorial.  Really. It opens up SO many possibilities!! Open up your Silhouette Studio Design Edition software, click File > Import > Import to Library . Browse your hard drive to find the image you want to use.  I designed an arrow in … [Read more...]

Farmhouse style picnic table

Farmhouse Picnic Table |

The last picnic table we had cost $10.  We had just moved into our first house, while I was at the township office working on paperwork, I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables.  I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move. I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago.   We've always used our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an … [Read more...]

Easy painted flag window

Painted Flag Window |

I've been in withdrawals over the last year. Since we moved to New York, all of our things have been in storage while we build our house, including my collection of old windows.  I haven't ad a chance to go looking for more, so when a friend very kindly gave me a few of hers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them.  Making  a painted flag window has been on my list forever, and I want to use it not only for holiday decor, but on a regular basis in my home.  Not sure where yet...but somewhere!  It was super easy to do, and I LOVE it! I'm already trying to figure out where I'm going to permanently put it in our house, but for now, it will be perfect for my patriotic decor … [Read more...]

DIY ampersand sign tutorial

DIY Ampersand Sign & Tutorial |

Hello! It's Jes from Mommy Envy and I'm back and sharing this easy DIY ampersand sign tutorial with you! Lately I've been obsessed with black and white home decor. I love how classy it looks. Black and white can be rustic, modern, or just about anything you want it to be! This sign came together really nicely and I was surprise how easy it was. I am in a couple Facebook groups of people who share their vinyl projects. I joined them to get ideas but it has been a motivator to use my machine more. Here's my step by step tutorial on making this wooden sign. I started with a 1x4 cut into 12 inch sections. I purchased a 6 foot board so I have enough to make 2 signs. My Home Depot and … [Read more...]

Favorite spring fonts

Favorite Spring Fonts |

It's now March, which means I'm on the countdown to SPRING!!!  Easter is in a month, and all of a sudden everything lemon, sunny, and springtime is calling my name. On my list of favorite springtime things is a collection of spring fonts that are perfect for creating darling printables and tags, spring & easter holiday projects, home decor, and more! Aren't they so fun?  Now come on, spring!!  We're ready! Once downloaded, you can use them in your office software like Word and Excel, and you can also use them at to create super cute printables. strawberry limeade // happy easter // luck of the irish // new garden // bacana // little daisies // matilde // … [Read more...]

Easy Numbered Christmas Stocking Hanger

Easy Numbered Christmas Stocking Hanger | simplykierste

We've had a mantel in our home for many years, but after moving into our little apartment, we didn't have anywhere to hang our Christmas stockings. Actually, since all of our things are in storage, we didn't even have stockings. (Enter in...Target. :) ) I made a super Easy Numbered Christmas Stocking Hanger, and LOVE it. My kids are happy now...Santa can come! Numbers are all the rage right now, and I really kind of love them.  It also works for our family, because each of my six kids have their own number. It's on their kitchen stool, shoe basket, coat hook and pretty much everything.  :) It helps me keep everything organized, and my kids know exactly where their things go.  So...adding … [Read more...]

Etched Glass Christmas Plates

Etched Glass Christmas Plate |

Have you ever tried glass etching?  It's such a fun and easy technique, and I used it to create darling Etched Glass Christmas Plates! Glass etching is seriously SO fast and easy...and it's kind of addicting, once you get started.  :) I found these glass plates at Dollar Tree for yep, $1, and thought they would be darling neighbor Christmas gifts!  Pile them high with yummy treats, and you've got a really fun gift for neighbors, friends, teachers, coaches...anyone! In these pictures, I have the glass plate sitting on top of a cream dinner plate, so that you could actually see the etching. adorable would it be to make them to layer on top of your dinner plates, to dress up your … [Read more...]